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Two of Britain’s greatest actors stage Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy
A behind-the-scenes look at Shakespearean theatre
In 1988, rising star Kenneth Branagh tackled the role of Shakespeare’s prince of Denmark for the first time in his professional career under the guidance of celebrated actor Derek Jacobi, considered "the best Hamlet of his generation" (The New York Times). Narrated by Patrick Stewart, this hour-long film documents how these two intelligent, passionate men found new depths in Shakespeare’s classic drama.
Filmmakers Mark Olshaker and Larry Klein follow the company through four weeks of rehearsals, from the first read-throughs to opening night. Interviews with principal actors--as well as the set designer, costume supervisor, text advisor, and others--reveal how each member of the company meets the production’s challenges. In all, Discovering Hamlet offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the process of staging Shakespeare’s most demanding tragedy.
An Emmy®-winning star of stage and screen, Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius) has played some of the Bard’s most challenging parts in his 50-year career, including Hamlet, Prospero, Macbeth, and Lear.
Four-time Oscar® nominee Kenneth Branagh is a versatile actor, director, and writer famed for bringing Shakespeare to the silver screen in Hamlet, Henry V, and other films.
Loved to see what goes into directing Shakespearean classics.A lot of hard work,tension,even if this seemed like a well put together cast.Published 9 months ago by Ellen
I like new movies with special effects as much as the next girl, but there is something about live theater that always leaves me breathless. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by NewAgeMama
I watched this presentation because I watched most of the previous Hamlet presentations and was intrigued to find what I could possibly have missed or should have been looking for. Read morePublished on January 28, 2012 by bernie